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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    Thanks for all of the positive comments! I appreciate all of them. chubstuff - yes, you said a mouthful. Although I have come up with many original props over the years, most of the animated props I've built were originally conceived by another haunter. It wasn't until 2002 when I was first on the internet that I realized "Hey, I could actually build my own Halloween props". And if I built if myself, I know exactly how to repair it if it breaks. We all inspire each other and I've never...
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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Pneumatic: how is this movement done? in Halloween Props
    Looks kind of like the swaying zombie prop mechanism. One of our own forum members, Diabolik, runs Spider Hill Props, and he sells a mechanism that might work for you. Or you can build your own.
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    Yesterday, 05:04 PM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Safety Coffin in Halloween Props
    I haven't seen them in a while, but if you could attach a vibrating motor to the "pole" holding the bell, when triggered it would shake the bell violently enough to ring like crazy. That would also free you from having to use string. You can make your own vibrating motor by attaching a half circle of wood/metal to the shaft of a fast motor. Probably at least 50 to 60 RPM. Even this one might do:...
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    Yesterday, 04:55 PM
    Great looking prop! I need to totally re-do my cauldron creep. Looking at your video, I think you would get more arm movement/motion if your stirring stick was straight instead of being curved. But, maybe you designed it that way. As far as the spine, I wonder if you could make or extend the current spine, to the hip, with something flexible, like a piece of rubber or plastic of some sort. Then paint it to match the spine color. It would move with your motor and still give the illusion of a...
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    Yesterday, 04:37 PM
    Looking good! I had a good time making my cemetery columns. Good luck!
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    oooh. I'm in. I need to do some fun crafty stuff! Now to figure out WHAT I'm going to make with dragon eyes... hmmmm.
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    I remember seeing this craft project a few years ago and thinking it was really cool looking. Yours turned out so lovely! I'd want to make several more so I could do a whole display of them on like a side table or something! For anyone wanting the tutorial!
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    05-23-2019, 11:01 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Pneumatic: how is this movement done? in Halloween Props
    I a sooooo not an expert, but it might be a standard wiper motor attached to a more bendy wire/arm to the upper body on a long throw, set to a faster rpm. I've done a rocking chair using a wiper motor and attaching it with a wire coathanger wire (cut it and then wrapped it around a screw) and I could see some "bounce" in the movement from the wire being more flexible, and could definitely see a faster RPM causing it to flail a bit more... At least this may serve as a bump to get the...
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    05-22-2019, 09:27 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Safety Coffin in Halloween Props
    I have zero mechanical ability, but I LOVE the idea. I think any subtle/creatively creepy and historical props are just fabulous! I do think I've seen someone here make one of these before and it was really nifty... Found the reference! Mr. Grimsley started a thread on it back in 2008-09! The tech...
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    05-22-2019, 06:28 PM
    Yes, I have one neighbor who does sort of big-ish, but nothing compared to what we do. Wish they all would go big.
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    05-22-2019, 03:18 PM
    Let us know what you are trying to replace. I have duplicates of a few things ;)
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    05-22-2019, 03:14 PM
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    05-22-2019, 03:09 PM
    Not necessarily as big as my yard display, but I've noticed that over 15 years I've inspired neighbors to decorate. (which is wonderful) The more the better in my opinion.
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    05-18-2019, 09:52 AM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Hi in Member Introduction
    Welcome! :)
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    05-16-2019, 12:56 PM
    xPUMPKiNxKiNGx replied to a thread Hi! in Member Introduction
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    05-16-2019, 08:28 AM
    I use black braided fishing line. It's extremely thin, extremely strong, yet pretty much completely dispersal in front of a black background. My lights don't even reflect off of it.
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    05-16-2019, 08:25 AM
    Just wanted to let you know I posted a reply to your youtube video with a little tip to help.
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    05-14-2019, 06:18 PM
    Moving this over to the site issues section so they may respond soon.
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  • Frankie's Girl's Avatar
    05-11-2019, 03:18 PM
    I love the movement - the jaw and the head turning is really great! I didn't notice the actual coffin creeping open until a second view tho! :D Great looking setup - would love to see it with your other skelly like you're planning and all lit up. :cool:
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    05-11-2019, 11:52 AM
    VIDEO: This a project I actually completed for Halloween 2017, but have been lax in finding the time to take some decent pics and shoot a video of it in action. I always loved the Grave-Digging Skeleton, but always wondered if I could re-engineer it in a new way and with a different motor. I figured that since the arms of the skeleton are already attached to the handle of the shovel, why not figure out some way to actually make the arms move the shovel back...
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    05-11-2019, 11:07 AM
    If you are wanting to float the candelabra like an FCG, it will work, just I would recommend using a very slow motor (3 or 4 RPM) for a subtle floating movement. And the crank for your motor will be very short, since the candelabra is not that wide. I would just experiment by mounting your motor and pulleys on the bottom of a flat board. Then try a short crank length and use that as a reference to judge what changes you need from there. In my mind, your idea would look pretty cool. Kind of...
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    05-08-2019, 02:42 PM
    I bought one last year. Very pleased with the lights and sound.
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    05-08-2019, 02:36 PM
    Do you have pictures of Hannibal? Can you plug him in and tell us what's working?
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    05-06-2019, 10:12 PM
    That is really disappointing to hear. They had the ability to reach out to you and make things right ,and instead they remove the post completely. Have you contacted them directly over the issue with the mask and also asked about why your review on their site was removed? I would be interested to see what they say for both inquiries. I am going to move this thread into our "reviews" section, but I do hope others post if they have experience with this company - good or bad - is always...
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    Hi Dave, I've been gone a while, was looking at your page, and Mrs. Pax told me to tell you: she drove a '69 Mustang when she was in college She knew exactly what a '70 Mach 1 is ! Pax
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    I hope you and your family have a great Christmas!
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    So are you guys already for Christmas? I wish I was. I got the inside and the outside all decorated but I'm way behind on my Christmas shopping. Blah. Oh well no rest for the wicked! LOL
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    I hope you and your family has a great Thanksgiving!
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    FANTASTIC! I love your haunted yard so much. Just the perfect blend of spooky-scary-humorous.
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    Thanks sooooo much for all the really sweet things you said about this years years haunt. I truly appreciated it! The moving eyes were such a HUGE hit! They absolutely freaked everyone out! I couldn't have done it with out you!!!!
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    How was your big night? We had a reprieve from the rain on both Friday and Saturday but it promptly started back (with a vengeance) on Sunday. We're finally starting to dry out enough that I can finish packing up outside.
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    Ya, I think SC is getting the worst of it. We live on Piney mountain but most everyone else isn't fairing as well.
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    How are you fairing with the weather?
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